New Hampshire Furniture Masters’ Auction » Empress Chairs

Sam Norris Furniture Empress Chairs

Cherry and Hand-Woven Cane


Designed for royalty, the original Chinese chairs were substantial enough to show the influence of their owners, yet elaborately detailed to reflect a refined taste. My intent in designing the Empress Chair was to simplify the original while keeping its heritage and message clear. The rounded edges are reminiscent of the faux bamboo used in the early chairs but the curves in the legs, arms and back splat soften the piece, making it more comfortable and giving it a modern flair.

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